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Effects of intergroup contact on attitudes of Chinese urban residents to migrant workers

Nielsen, Ingrid, Nyland, Chris, Smyth, Russell, Zhang, Mingqiong and Zhu, Cherrie Jiuhua 2006, Effects of intergroup contact on attitudes of Chinese urban residents to migrant workers, Urban studies, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 475-490, doi: 10.1080/00420980500533331.

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Title Effects of intergroup contact on attitudes of Chinese urban residents to migrant workers
Author(s) Nielsen, IngridORCID iD for Nielsen, Ingrid orcid.org/0000-0002-9065-9778
Nyland, Chris
Smyth, Russell
Zhang, Mingqiong
Zhu, Cherrie Jiuhua
Journal name Urban studies
Volume number 43
Issue number 3
Start page 475
End page 490
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2006-03-01
ISSN 0042-0980
1360-063X
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Studies
Urban Studies
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
IMMIGRATION POLICY
LABOR MIGRANTS
MIGRATION
STEREOTYPES
HYPOTHESIS
PRODUCTIVITY
ECONOMIES
SHANGHAI
INTIMACY
IMPACT
Summary  One consequence of China's marketisation has been the emergence of a 'floating population' - rural Chinese who migrate to China's cities to work. Many urbanites have negative attitudes towards such migrants. To understand how these negative attitudes might be ameliorated, the paper employs Allport's influential contact hypothesis to investigate whether urbanite-migrant friendships affect attitudes. More negative attitudes were observed among males and older urbanites. There was no effect of simply knowing a migrant, supporting Allport's thesis that non-intimate contact is not sufficient to affect attitudes. Friendship alone did not influence attitudes, but interaction effects were detected between having migrant friends and each of age, income and education. Negative attitudes were reduced among urbanites in older, higher-income and higher-education groups if they had a migrant friend. © 2006 The Editors of Urban Studies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00420980500533331
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067862

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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